Commentator emuhomer31 posted a link to this ESPN piece, “Balancing the recruiting budget,” in the comments on a post about the clericals asking folks to boycott a picnic; I thought the article was interesting enough to merit it’s own post, so here it is.
First off, I agree with the sentiment emuhomer31 had in his/her comment on the clerical post. A lot of these money comparisons really are apples and oranges: that is, money EMU spends on athletic recruiting, picnics, parking lots, landscaping, building remodels, etc., etc. doesn’t necessarily come from the same place/resource as money EMU spends on salaries and benefits. That said, I think it’s pretty frustrating to everyone– especially during contract negotiations and especially when the athletic (football) budget is so out of whack– to see us dramatically increasing this budget which really doesn’t need to be that much money. It’s way more than Western, Central, Ball State, Bowling Green, Akron, and Kent State, that’s for sure.
But the weirdest thing to me about this list is how all over the place it is. I mean, you have the $230K that EMU spent in 2011 (which is too much) but then you also have Illinois spending $545K (and they’ve been pretty bad in recent years, right?). And Georgia Tech spent $883K, Alabama spent $980K, and Tennessee spent $1.48 Millon! I know there’s a big range in “big time” college sports, but these numbers are way way out of whack with each other.